Dec. 4, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Greg Forestell has been appointed chief coroner for the Province of New Brunswick, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran announced today.
"Greg Forestell has done an outstanding job in his capacity as deputy chief coroner since 2007, and has handled many very complex files in a professional and capable manner," said Foran. "I am confident that he will continue his fine work in this position."
Forestell began with the Department of Public Safety as deputy chief coroner in 2007, and took over as acting chief coroner in June 2008. Prior to that, he worked for the Canadian Red Cross in disaster management and community development. He also brings experience in community response, home health care, and volunteer resource management. He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation, and a certificate in long-term-care departmental management. Forestell is also a member of several professional associations, and volunteers his time to various sporting and community events.
The New Brunswick Coroner Services is an independent fact-finding agency that investigates sudden and unexpected deaths to ensure that no such death is overlooked, concealed or ignored. A coroner's investigation may result in a full investigation and formal report of the coroner's findings, or in an inquest - an independent public hearing involving a jury and the examination of witnesses.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.